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Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Chargers didn’t allow a long weather delay damper their chance at a win against county rival Crawfordsville (0-6, 0-4 SAC). North Montgomery (2-4, 1-3 SAC) fed off of their hard-nosed defense to shutout the Athenians 26-0.
    “The kids stepped up and responded tonight. We told the kids before the game that we needed to be aggressive at the beginning of the game and stay on them throughout the night and I think we did really well with that,” said Charger head coach Josh Thompson.
    “We did much better about putting a whole game together rather than playing flat in the middle two quarters like we did at the beginning of the year,” he continued.
    The Chargers opened up their scoring late in the first with a Collin Knecht QB scramble from six yards out. Two minutes later, Bryce Claycomb plunged into the endzone for his first of three touchdowns on the night. 
    “Bryce (Claycomb) ran hard and had a great game tonight for us but all is lost without the offensive line,” said Thompson, “The O-line opened up big holes for him and blew guys off the line all night. I’m proud of their performance.”
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  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – A fifty-two minute weather delay did little to blot the moisture from an unusually muggy late September night. The source of the humidity was obvious. Danville let the steam out of Southmont’s drive to the top of the Sagamore Athletic Conference standings with a 48-7 victory, Friday.
    The Homecoming win maintains at least a share of the conference lead for undefeated Danville, who used a quick-strike offense to take the Mounties out of their game.
    Danville (6-0, SAC 4-0) had touchdown scoring plays of 62, 71, 40, and 52 yards, plus three others from close range. Southmont never saw it coming.
    “There are a lot of things that we can look at that went wrong, tonight,” said head coach Desson Hannum. “Playing, coaching wise — a lot of things went wrong. It is one of those things that unfortunately happened. 
    “A lot of that credit goes to Danville. They are a great team offensively and defensively, and they took away a lot of what we were hoping for during the game. They took over the game early on,” said Hannum.”
    Early might be an understatement. Danville’s first play from scrimmage following the opening kickoff resulted in a 62 yard Toby Hiland to Zach Luken touchdown on a flea-flicker play that surprised the fired up Mounties defense. It was the first of three scoring drives that occurred on the first or second play of a series.
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  •   OUT IN THE OPEN- It’s Jerky Time!
    Friday, September 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    It all started years ago.
    I was a youngster, hanging around with the other kids. One of other guys on the playground called me aside and gave me a handful of the stuff, swearing me to secrecy. I tried it. From that moment, I was hooked.
    As a kid I tried it only occasionally but my desire grew fast. The deep pleasure spurred me to greater and greater lengths in order to secure my fix. Simply buying it wasn’t enough so soon I was making my own. Sadly, the addiction has gotten completely out of hand. 
    I have smoked it indoors, outdoors and even tried to smoke it in the dead of winter on my front porch. I’ve rolled it on the kitchen table, tried different blends and even given it to my own children.
    Man, I love jerky!
    This became the topic of focus when I suddenly realized that we are within spitting distance of deer season and, as usual, there is still a considerable amount of venison sitting in my freezer. If I dig deep enough, there are even a few freezer-burned roasts still in residence from two years ago. As we are within a few weeks of replenishing my stash of raw material, it’s time to get serious about making jerky.
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  • Friday, September 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    As a sports writer and avid fan, I’ve stood for my fair share of National Anthems. As a son, whose father served in the military, I couldn’t imagine doing anything but honor the flag and the men and women who have fought to secure not only our freedoms, but the freedoms other men, women and children around the world also enjoy.
    At a very young age, I started playing baseball in Frankton, IN, at the age of four, I was taught when the national anthem is played, you stand either with your hand over your heart, or your hands behind your back.
    With all of the protests that are taking place by athletes across the major sports in America, for the sake of this article, I won’t discuss whether I agree or disagree with these protests, but I do respect the individual’s decision to do so. Although, I do wish they would show it in a different way, because I know how much those 50 stars and 13 stripes mean to my Dad and all of my family who have, or are currently, serving.
    Covering games throughout the week, or even attending JV football games on Saturday mornings, I have great pride that right before the National Anthem is played, you can see on the practice field players standing at attention.
    Now, this is not only a testament to the young men and women that we have in Montgomery County, but you the parents, and the coaches, to teach our future leaders to show respect and honor the symbol of this great nation.
    Saturday, during the Crawfordsville and Southmont JV football game, the Mountie Youth Football program, who was playing on an adjacent field, stopped their games and the kids paused during the playing of the anthem. Again, it’s a testament to the coaches, the officials and the parents to pause and recognize those who have served.
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  • Friday, September 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont tennis team clinched a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference tennis title with a decisive 4-1 win over Lebanon Thursday night. 
    Luke Cope and Will Glancy powered the Mounties to victories at No. 2 and No. 3 singles play. The teams of Jack Reimondo and Conner Stockwell and Jarett Downey were victorious in doubles action. 
    The Southmont tennis team is now 11-1 on the year and 5-1 in conference play. 
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  • Friday, September 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Ninety-four minutes of action couldn’t determine a winner between North Montgomery and Crawfordsville Thursday evening in girls soccer. However, the Chargers converted on all three of their penalty kicks, while Regina Dodds continued her clean slate in goal for the Chargers, giving them a 1-0 county and Sagamore Athletic Conference win.
    “It’s a win,” said North Montgomery head coach Julie Hodges afterwards. “Give Crawfordsville credit, they played a great game. They didn’t give us anything for one second.”
    “This was our best game from the first whistle to the last,” said Athenian head coach Laurie Vellner. “It helped that we got Addie (Laskowski) back, but we had a lot of girls play well.”
    Both goalies were dominant throughout. Dodds, who set the school record for shutouts in a season with five, turned away all five Athenian shots, and their three penalty kicks.
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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Big games are not commonplace at Southmont … at least not REAL-LY big games. At least not for a while. At least not this group. At least not with title hopes stirring.
    Yet, Desson Hannum knows about big games. The Southmont head football coach since 2007, Hannum has seen them before. The importance of the Sagamore Athletic Conference showdown at Danville, he assures, is in the forefront of his team’s minds.
    “I think everybody understands what’s at hand,” said Hannum.
    What is at hand for Southmont (4-1, SAC 3-0), Friday night, is the opportunity to remain undefeated in the conference, and move another contender behind them. Only the Warriors and Western Boone share unblemished records with Southmont.
    “[Danville] is a great team, coming off a Sectional championship last year. This year they are undefeated, and have beaten bigger schools,” reminded Hannum.
    “They have a lot of great athletes. That’s what stands out on this team.”
    Danville (5-0, SAC 3-0) utilizes athleticism and speed on both sides of the ball to dis-rupt opponents. The Warriors average 246 yards per game rushing with RB’s Alex Skinner and Chandler Schubert sharing the load. However, big plays from quarterback Toby Hiland over the top have dealt the most damage.
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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery entered their county and Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ soccer matchup against the Athenians looking to claim their second county title in the last three years. Corbin Osborne continued his torrid scoring pace, notching both Charger goals, in a 2-1 defeat of the Athenians.
    Crawfordsville struck first as Victor Gorgonio scored early in the first half to give the Athenians an early 1-0 lead.
    “We have spent a lot of time lately working on attacking play and looking for different variations to create scoring opportunities,” said Athenian head coach Marcus Hale. “It was nice to see that pay off early.”
    Osborne got the equalizer in the 26th minute to bring the Chargers back into it before halftime. He was assisted by junior Kevin Ambriz.
    “Going down 1-0 early like that usually kills the momentum, but you have to give it to our kids,” said North Montgomery head coach Mike Margeson. “They didn’t lose their composure and fought back.”
    The Chargers took the lead for good just seven minutes into the second half as Osborne again found the back of the net to give the Chargers a 2-1 lead. One they wouldn’t relinquish.
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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    This past February, Scott Lowe, a CHS football coach, passed away unexpectedly. Coach Lowe was someone who loved all of his players and gave everything he had for CHS and CMS Athletics. In Coach Lowe’s honor, the Lowe family is helping to raise money for the Mike McCord Scholarship Fund. Mike McCord was a CHS student and football player who passed away in an automobile accident in 2013. Mike was one of the athletes that Coach Lowe helped to coach and Scott made contributions to this scholarship fund. When Coach Lowe passed away, the Lowe family chose to direct memorial gifts to the McCord Scholarship Fund in Scott’s honor. 
    At the Crawfordsville and North Montgomery football game on Friday night, there will be a table at the entrance to the stadium where fans can leave a donation for the McCord Scholarship Fund in honor of Coach Lowe. The Crawfordsville Cheerleaders will also go into the crowd at the conclusion of the 1st quarter collecting donations from fans in attendance. 
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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Okay, I’m guessing you’ve figured out by now that I have this huge fascination surrounding the question “Just how did we get here?” Aside from the timeless perplexity to understand why were weren’t part of a dinosaur’s garden salad (a little protein anyone?), I just like to know how things came to be.
    Perhaps that means that I live my life looking far too much into history. Nevertheless, I’m always hungry to know the origins of things we see around us everyday. I keep reminding myself what the philosopher George Santayana said:
    “Those who fail to repast are condemned to reheat it.” … or something like that.
    My inquisitiveness extends to sports, too — maybe especially so. Recently, watching South-mont’s volleyball team warm up for a match at Danville, I became especially attuned with what was in front of me.
    We had six ladies on each side of a fishing net, strung between two light poles. The court was lined out to a specific dimension, and the ball the ladies were slapping back and forth was differ-ent than other spheroids.
    Who thought of all this? How did we get here?
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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville and North Montgomery rivalry has been one sided for the last five years, with the Chargers owning a current six game winning streak, including two last year. They defeated the Athenians 21-7 to squash Crawfordsville’s county hopes, and then ended their season with a 14-0 win in the first round of the sectional. 
    “North Montgomery has confidence in that they keep beating us,” said Athenian head coach Larry Getts. “In the back of their mind, they have to be thinking that this is our game because we’ve beaten them a ton. That’s what our kids need to overcome.”
    Although North has been dominant over that time period, outscoring the Athenians 234-61, head coach Josh Thompson knows the importance of this game to the Charger fans. “This is always a big week for us since it’s a county rival,” he said. “So, we will need to keep the momentum in our favor.”
    The Athenians (0-5, 0-3 SAC) average just over 226-yards per game on offense, including last week’s 350-yard outburst against county rival Southmont. However, it was the big plays by the Mounties that hurt them.
    “We need to quit playing 22 guys, the team we’re playing plus ourselves,” Getts said. “We need to get out of our own way, and that’s been the biggest problem.”
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont didn’t get off to the start they wanted in their county and Sagamore Athletic Conference volleyball game against Crawfordsville Tuesday night. However, it wasn’t how they started, but how they finished. The Mounties grew stronger and more confident as the match progressed defeating the Athenians in four, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-13.
    “I’m so proud of those girls,” said an ecstatic Mountie head coach Lauran Nichols afterwards. “We didn’t come out quite ready, but we got there.”
    “I was proud of their effort,” she continued. “That’s something we’ve struggled with, but we found it tonight.”
    Things started well for the Athenians. They lead 13-7 midway through the first, only to see Southmont close it to 22-21 on back-to-back kills by Alexis Nelson. However, Crawfordsville was able to close the set on one of Caroline Scheuren’s nine kills to take the first set 25-21.
    The second set may have been the best of the night. Neither team held more than a 3-point advantage throughout. The Mounties led 23-20 only to see Crawfordsville claw back to make it 24-23, before Nelson recorded one of her 15 kills on the night to tie the match at one with a 25-23 win.
    The third set was much like the second, as South held a 4-point lead early, only to see Crawfordsville take a 3-point midway through at 12-9. The Mounties grew the lead to four again at 24-20, but closed it out to lead the match 2-sets to one.
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  • Mounties take county title
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont tennis team secured its first Montgomery County championship since 1984 with a 3-2 win over North Montgomery Tuesday. 
    The Mounties got a win at No. 1 singles from senior Patrick Scheidler. Southmont swept doubles action with the teams of Jack Reimondo / Reese Long and Conner Stockwell / Jarrett Downey. 
    North Montgomery took a win at No. 2 singles from Matt Jackman and No. 3 singles from Jaxon Plant. 
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  •    Zachary shatters record, Athenians
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    If Luigi Scrosoppi is the patron saint of soccer, it is likely that his name was invoked repeatedly, Tuesday — on the Southmont side of midfield for blessing the Mounties with forward Macy Zachary, who became Montgomery County’s all-time leading goal scorer … on the Crawfords-ville side for mercy.
    The Lady Mounties pushed their record to 8-3-1, and 5-2 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference with a 7-nil victory, and with it secured the county championship.
    Two minutes, 29 seconds into the match, Zachary had her first goal off a nice sideline feed from midfielder Avery Hess. Nine minutes later, Zachary had the hat-trick. Sandwiched in between, Zachary notched her 108th career goal, which moved her past Crawfordsville’s Hannah Whicker into the top spot in the Girls’ scoring record books.
    “She came in needing two goals,” said head coach Maddie Burton, who admitted that a recount indicated she was just short of the record. “Her second goal put her over, and to get it here, at Crawfordsville, where [Whicker] played made it even more special.”
    By evening’s end, Zachary left the field with 112 career goals. She scored six of the Mounties’ seven marks.
    Southmont looked poised and aggressive from the opening kick against a young and banged up Crawfordsville unit. It didn’t take long before a loose ball turned into a two-on-two rush that ended in the first of four Hess-to-Zachary scores.
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the second night in a row the North Montgomery volleyball team was victorious. This time it was 3-1 over Clinton Central. The Chargers recovered after dropping the second set to win in four. 
    Mary Jackman led the team with 14 kills. Megan Merica offered up nine aces. Kaleigh Sharp was sharp defensively with 13 digs. Kasey Krutzsch tossed up 18 assists.
    North Montgomery (10-12) is at West Lafayette Thursday.
    Kills: Mary Jackman 14, Megan Merica 7, Kelsey Sabens 4, Tori Warren 3, Kasey Krutzsch 1
    Aces: Merica 9, Kaleigh Sharp 6, Krutzsch 2, Gracie Chapman 1
    Blocks: Jackman 3, Warren 3, Sabens 1
    Digs: Sharp 13, Jackman 9, Merica 7, Caroline Turner 5, Chapman 6, Krutzsch 4, Karsyn Carpenter 1, Sabens 1
    Assists: Krutzsch 18, Chapman 9, Jackman 2
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